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The Top 7... Failed Franchises We Know How to Fix


Blaster Master isn't as big a deal as Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but for a rather large contingent of NES fans, it's one of the best games that never had a second chance. Well, it did have a second (third, fourth, fifth) chance, but boy were they ever crappy. The series is now completely gone. But then we played Mass Effect's rover missions and immediately knew how to bring this Metroid-meets-monster-truck title back from the dead.

Blaster Master was all about driving a hovering, mega-cannoned car through all kinds of levels in search of secret bases, power-ups and resources for your vehicle. What do you do in Mass Effect while piloting the Mako? The exact same thing, complete with on-foot modes that have you taking down baddies and unearthing supplies sans tank. Even little details like shocks in the Normandy's wheels had us pining for another go at Sophia, Blaster Master's curiously emotive cruiser. Just picture the Normandy with sticky tires exploring varied environments and bam, you've got a killer game that could bring yet another aging series back to the fore.


Above: Drop sequence, hovering tank, massive cannon, on-foot missions... yes, this will work

"Mass Effect again?" you say? Yeah, we had the same game in the article twice. Sue us. It's a perfect fit and you know it. Granted, Mass Effect doesn't involve mutant frogs, but the framework for an awesome game is there. You could also apply a lot of these similarities to the classic Moon Patrol, but Blaster Master is an actual franchise - not just a one-off arcade success.

And just in case you wanted a little more convincing...

 

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19 comments

  • Sjoeki - November 29, 2011 noon

    It's just creepy how close your idea was to what would be the best game of 2009 (arkham asylum offcourse)
  • ChuckB - November 24, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    That what I thought, Polar, when Arkham Asylum's details were revealed.
  • Slayer11496 - November 23, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    Needs more Chuck Norris.
  • PolarBarrett - November 23, 2010 1 a.m.

    funny how this description of the batman one is exactly like arkham asylum. i guess gr was ahead of its time
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - November 28, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    You're welcome.
  • cricket0 - September 27, 2008 8:53 p.m.

    I think that every game needs an upgrade like these
  • rel123 - September 22, 2008 7:32 a.m.

    Our solution: Turn every game into Mass Effect. Excellent.
  • katwood92 - October 1, 2008 8:47 p.m.

    If every game was Mass Effect, gaming would get boring fast. However Mass Effect does have many different aspects that a lot of games could learn from.
  • h3110 - September 9, 2008 9:52 p.m.

    cool first comment and i tottlay agree with all of these
  • Corsair89 - August 30, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    Congradulations, GR. Batman: Arkham Asylum did everything you suggested(except the Batmobile) and proved that you were absoultely right. Kudos.
  • MoonPig - June 15, 2009 10:49 a.m.

    splinter cell FTW
  • Blackhalos99 - April 22, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • crazyjames - February 24, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    Seeing Jaws chucking grenades at beach goers had to be the absolute highlight of this article. Priceless.
  • Anton_13 - January 4, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    good harry potter thought, but wouldn't that have a bit of a niche appeal? I think harry potter needs an RPG. Not like Mass Effect, because then it would lose something, but still more than just a big, open world.
  • Anton_13 - January 4, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    on the star trek note, there's a star trek MMO (MMORPG?) in development
  • Sebastian16 - December 20, 2008 10:20 p.m.

    I shall pray to the non-existant gods that Batman; Arkham Asylum will be the Batman game we've all been waiting for.
  • rghtstff12 - December 18, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    Thank God somebody finally said it! I am DYING for a solid Batman game.
  • PittsburghPirates - January 21, 2009 1:17 a.m.

    No that Mirror's Edge is coming out for PC, someone is bound to make a Mod....
  • Yoshi X100 - December 27, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    I disagree with the Godzilla thing, I think it should be more along the lines of a free roam Grand Theft Auto game where you go on the missions and campaign when you want, build alliances, destroy cities, fight monsters even when your not in campaign, oh and maybe upgrade abilities. Sound Good?

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